Keep your drawings on the paper, here's 3 reasons why using Fixative works…
Working with Workable Fixative
This product has been specially developed for Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil drawing and layouts.
It's use provides a clear protective coating that can be worked over, to prevent dusting and smudging.
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Fragility of Drawing Materials
Soft Pastels: Made from finely ground pigments, mixed with a base of clay or chalk, are held together
with a gum to form a stiff paste. This material is then cut, shaped into sticks and then allowed to harden.
Along with the smooth soft quality of the pastel that is pigment rich, comes the drawbacks of the stick
crumbling and breaking easily and smudging. A light spray of workable Fixative after each stage of work
will help prevent smudging.
Preservation and Framing
From a Framer's perspective, fixative serves Two important functions, firstly by providing a way to help
preserve the drawing and secondly by binding the pigment particles to the surface of the paper.
When Pastel and Charcoal artworks are taken through to being framed behind Glass, they are usually
hung on a Wall, when a pastel and charcoal work has not been fixed with an appropriate product,
the pigment dust literally falls of the surface of the paper.
The Mat window with its bottom bevel edge acts like a ledge, and drawing pigments, charcoal and pastel alike will
settle on and mark the surface of the Matboard.
Sourced from Nuart Workable Fixative, Collins Artists' Manual The Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing
Materials and Their Use 1995 and The Bluewhippet Art & Custom Framing Workroom 2016